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The Little Prince | [Antoine de Saint-Exupery]

The Little Prince

A pilot stranded in the desert awakes one morning to see, standing before him, the most extraordinary little fellow. "Please," asks the stranger, "draw me a sheep." And the pilot realizes that when life's events are too difficult to understand, there is no choice but to succumb to their mysteries. He pulls out pencil and paper... And thus begins this wise and enchanting fable that, in teaching the secret of what is really important in life, has changed forever the world for its readers.
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Publisher's Summary

A timeless classic. Few stories are as widely read and as universally cherished by children and adults alike as The Little Prince. The perfect audio companion, this Bolinda edition will capture the hearts of listeners of all ages.

The book has been translated into more than 160 languages and, to date has sold more than 50 million copies worldwide. It is one of the top 50 best-selling books. It has been adapted into a movie musical by Lerner and Loewe, two different operas, as well as into an animated series. It is often used as a beginner's book for French language students.

A pilot stranded in the desert awakes one morning to see, standing before him, the most extraordinary little fellow. "Please," asks the stranger, "draw me a sheep." And the pilot realizes that when life's events are too difficult to understand, there is no choice but to succumb to their mysteries. He pulls out pencil and paper... And thus begins this wise and enchanting fable that, in teaching the secret of what is really important in life, has changed forever the world for its readers.

(P)2008 Bolinda Publishing

What the Critics Say

"Humphrey Bower's crisp British accent describes the magical and unlikely friendship between the pilot who was struggling to survive and the boy who was trying to return to his tiny home planet. The pace is measured, and the tone grows more melancholy as the narrator resigns himself to the loss of his extraordinary companion." (AudioFile)

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    Heather Oak Hills, CA, United States 07-03-11
    Heather Oak Hills, CA, United States 07-03-11
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    "A children's story for adults"

    This book was an enjoyable, sweet read. I laughed out loud a few times at the unexpectedly wry humor. The ending made me cry, but it was bittersweet more than incredibly sad. The narrator had a deep, rich voice; it was like listening to a grandfather telling a bedtime story. He tells the story nice and slow, and I could hear the emotions in it.

    My mother and I both enjoyed this story on a long trip back from the doctor during rush hour traffic. I would recommend it to almost anyone looking for a funny, gentle story. However, I do feel compelled to mention that when I was a child, this story would have been much too slow for me. I wouldn't have had the patience for it. It's a family-friendly story, but I wouldn't actually make small children sit through it.

    24 of 24 people found this review helpful
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    Dave Whittier, CA 04-04-12
    Dave Whittier, CA 04-04-12 Member Since 2011

    I'm a big fan of SF/F/Horror, and all things in between and out.

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    "Charming - A Timeless Classic Full of Sincerity"

    A beautiful little story for children and those who remember what it was like to be children. It made me laugh and smile and broke my heart.

    Humphrey Bower's narration is perfection - the icing on an already delicious cake. His voice will make you want to look up at the stars, think of long-gone friends, and somehow - manage to hear their laughter.

    14 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    DENNIS Adelphi, MD, United States 08-15-12
    DENNIS Adelphi, MD, United States 08-15-12 Member Since 2011
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    "quirky sweet"

    A story I totally missed in my 70-year life, but a sweet little tale with a quirky mix of childish fantasy and adult concerns.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Belo Horizonte, Brazil 12-19-11
    Amazon Customer Belo Horizonte, Brazil 12-19-11 Listener Since 2009

    bookworm

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    "An outstanding performance"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. Because the story is good and very well told. It may be a tale for children, but it's not childish.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Little Prince?

    The farewell of the fox: I have read it in a book and seen it in a film, but this audible version is simply remarkable, Must be listened to!


    What does Humphrey Bower bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Besides being very discernible, he can transmit a feeling and a pathos as very few actors/speakers. If you've just read the book, you would never suspect the intensity of feeling enclosed in the tale. Even the film I saw wasn't so good.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I cried, but because the tale evocates noble feelings. I wouldn't say that the tale is a sad one, but a beautiful one so beautiful since we are not used to such tales because we see them so seldom.


    Any additional comments?

    There's nothing like a good tale told with heart.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Glenn LITITZ, PA, United States 08-31-11
    Glenn LITITZ, PA, United States 08-31-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Great narration!"

    I got this book, without really knowing much about the story or the author, after listening to Humphrey Bower's great read of The Power of One. This is a fantastic story that is brought to life by a wonderful narrator. I highly recommend it.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Eric 04-07-12
    Eric 04-07-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Written for a younger audience, but a nice story"

    A lovely story. I listened to this directly after The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest, which probably wasn't the best precursor... This book provides a rare chance to reflect on what really makes things special.

    The book does an excellent job of putting forward some very deep ideas and concepts, in a way clearly written for the younger listener. However even as an adult this book was enjoyable... I just had to reflect on it before I realised that I liked it.

    Very well narrated by Humphrey Bower, full marks there.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Marple United States 01-13-12
    Marple United States 01-13-12

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    "Wonderful!"
    Would you listen to The Little Prince again? Why?

    Yes, I like the reader's voice and expression. The story is absolutely inspirational and moving.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The meaning.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The Little Prince's conversations about the meaning of life.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When the Little Prince gets very upset because the love he gave his rose made it so very special and unique.


    Any additional comments?

    Everyone would benifit from reading this book often!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada 04-29-10
    Robert Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada 04-29-10
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    "brilliant"

    a great listen and amazing story

    13 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Gillian Austin, TX, United States 04-05-15
    Gillian Austin, TX, United States 04-05-15 Member Since 2015

    SciFi/Fantasy and Classics to History, Adventure and Memoirs to Social Commentary—I love and listen to it all!

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    "Beauty's Not Just for Youngsters, You Know—"

    These are two of the most graceful two hours ever written or recorded. How can't "The Little Prince" be for grownups also?
    It sings to the imagination and reminds us of the excitement we felt as children, when we had dreams, when we saw pictures in our heads and our hearts soared with the desire to draw them, to share them. It also reminds us, as adults, of where pettiness can get us, bitterness, a lack of drive to move even though we have big dreams of what's out there.
    The little prince speaks of his travels, tells the tales of his heart to the narrator and we the readers/listeners get to experience the wonders in tandem. Friendship with a lonely fox, longing to find meaning in his life. The love of a single rose.
    Don't deny yourself this tiny bit of beauty in a sometimes gray, always maddeningly quick world.
    Even though he cried when the Little Prince left, the fox wanted to be tamed.
    He wanted to be tamed.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Renee Orangevale, CA, United States 06-17-11
    Renee Orangevale, CA, United States 06-17-11 Member Since 2007
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    "Ageless!"

    This is a wonderful story, at any age, and with Humphrey Bower narrating, it was sheer pleasure to listen to...

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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  • Rebecca
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    8/18/11
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    "Every Adult should listen to this book"

    Every adult that thinks that they're super-grown-up should listen to this book, especially those that think that it's a book for kids that they would never ever read.

    Meet The King, The Important Man who is more like a mushroom, the sheep in a box, The Vain Rose, The Drunkard, our protagonist and of course The Little Prince, who once he has hold of a question, will never be fobbed off with an unsatisfactory answer or lie.

    Arguably a manual on how not to take oneself so seriously. Yet profoundly funny and moving. Lovely.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • ms
    Sheffield, United Kingdom
    4/7/13
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    "The Little Prince UNABRIDGED"

    Everyone should read this book, it reminds you about your inner child, about the simple things in life, the things we see everyday but do not notice, about life and death.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Kildonan
    7/24/15
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    "Important things can only be seen by the heart"

    I was twelve or thirteen when I first read this book, our home was cold, there was no fuel or money, and we had very little food; I, we were hungry all the time, the country where I was born was falling apart. We were waiting for papers to escape when the Little prince took my hand and let me be a child again, and I was not the only one; many of my friends were reading the book I guess we all needed to not be adults, to stop thinking of Marx or Capitalism, to look at the stars, and find a rose or a girl to love; to see her with our heart.

    We would draw the boa that looked like a hat and ask new friends if they knew what it was, and if they knew we could be children together and if not the book would be lended so that they could meet our friend and forget that we were hungry and afraid of the future, of the growing violence in our streets.

    I am fifty six years old now and my home is warm, my food is good, and I have many, many roses in my garden all of them singular, also foxes and my dog play in this garden and the odd dear visits it too, the country I live in is peaceful and beautiful, the one I came from has become more peaceful. I still read The Little Prince and remember the good in my childhood through the good in this pages, and the hope they gave me when I have needed it most.

    I have given many copies of this book to children of all ages and I recommended to children of all ages, all the time, because no matter what your circumstances you need a friend like The Little Prince to remind you of what is important and why we need to be tamed or singular to someone special or how to see with our heart, and that is worth to risk tears for love.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Francisco Flores
    7/23/15
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    "Wise and simple"

    A timeless story with many metaphors on how to live and let go, being truly present and connecting what is really important.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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